Spanish Home Lessons: Vowels (Aprendiendo Las Vocales)

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Phonetic booklet

Little one has started to identify, and read some words in English; so I have jumped on the opportunity to start teaching him on how to read in Spanish! 🙂

To start learning his vowels I am using a Cartilla Fonética (This is a phonics booklet used in the Puerto Rican school system. Unfortunately, they don’t sell these on Amazon or on-line. Trust me I’ve looked.  I was blessed to have my mother send us one from Puerto Rico).  I started using this booklet because it’s simple, and very easy to practice and to read the vowels in Spanish.What I like about “la cartilla fonética” is that the phonetics of the vowels are being repeated through out the words, and sentences. Creating rhyming sounds, and repetition. Great for learning! 

We practiced our “a,e,i,o,u” with  “ma,me,mi,mo,mu”, as I pointed out to the letters in the page; and he repeated.  To supplement the use of the “la cartilla fonética” I gave little one his own vowel mini book: “Las Vocales Este Mini libro Pertenece a…” that I found here (this blog has lots of great printables in Spanish). He practiced saying out loud his vowels in Spanish as he colored,and called out the names of the pictures in Spanish, too:
  • A:  avión, abeto
  • E: estrella, elefante
  • I:  isla, iglú
  • O: oso, oveja
  • U: uva, unicornio
What I really liked about this mini-book is that he can also trace the letters of the vowels. 
Once we finished our lesson we watched and sang the words to this very catchy video of the vowels in Spanish:

This was a fun session, but I know if I don’t “spice” it up; my child will lose interest.  I’ve been pondering ideas on how to incorporate learning the vowels in a fun and easy way! I’ll be back with a new version on “Aprendiendo las vocales” 🙂 in the meantime, what fun ways do you teach your child another language?

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¡Hasta la próxima!

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8 Responses to “Spanish Home Lessons: Vowels (Aprendiendo Las Vocales)”

  1. Great post! Thanks for the mini books link! We were doing the same, Carroll's and videos but the books are a great addition! We also match sandpaper vowels with mini toys or objects. Also, I send my daughter on a first sound objects hunt around the house, just to keep her moving and motivated.

  2. I am glad that you located the material that you like. This is a fun lesson plan you put together. I used flashcards, books, and online games to teach my kids the Chinese phonetic symbols. We played games like treasure hunt with the flashcards. I hid the cards, the kids looked for them and read the cards to me. Then they hid the cards and I looked for them. It was fun. I had a jar of play gold coins for them to win.

  3. Thank you Airamty! Sandpaper vowels? That sounds interesting! Did you make them yourself?? The first sound object hunt sounds fun, too! I'm definitely going to use your ideas. ¡Gracias!

  4. Music with Sara has some fun vowel songs in Spanish! A, a, el burro se va! E, e, el burro se fue! etc.

    Thanks for linking up with Say It Two Ways Thursdays!

  5. That book sounds great. The ma, me, mi, mo, mu reminds me of something our housekeeper used to do with our girls when I first asked her to help teach them Chichewa. I have to admit I had no idea what she was doing at the time!

  6. That's fantastic. I hope next summer when we finally make it to Mexico (from Thailand!) I'll be able to stock up on educational materials. Until then, I'll have to just focus on French and English. I found a similar book for French sounds this summer. There's nothing like being on site to be able to find what you need!

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